Noni Fruit Benefits
Find Out How Noni Can Help Improve Your Health!
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Noni fruit benefits your body in several different ways. Do you suffer from joint paint, gout or a weak immune system? Recent noni research indicates that these health maladies may by improved by using noni as a natural health supplement.
The History of Noni
The noni plant (Morinda citrifolia) is legendary in Hawaii, the South Pacific and in Southeast Asia. This tropical plant and its fruit have been used for healing for hundreds of years by the people of Polynesia and Asia. It is said that Polynesian healers have used the noni plant for over 2,000 years to treat a variety of illnesses and physical ailments.
Strange as it may seem, noni fruit is not very tasty. When it is ripening on the tree it emits a very pugnent odor. Never the less, all parts of the plant are used by the people of Polynesia including the fruit, the seeds, the leaves, the trunk and even the roots. Parts of the noni fruit are turned into poultices, tonics and juice. Noni tea is also very popular.
During times of hunger or famine the noni fruit was especially beneficial to the native peoples who used it for survival food.
Noni Fruit Benefits
Recent noni research indicates that noni fruit may have the following health benefits:
- Studies suggest that preparations of noni fruits are effective in decreasing pain and joint destruction caused by arthritis.
- Results also support the traditional usage of noni in the treatment of gout
- Noni may also exert beneficial immunomodulation effects in conditions involving inadequate immune responses
- Results suggest an antioxidant activity from noni juice in humans exposed to tobacco smoke
- In one study, a synergistic action with insulin was demonstrated by noni juice
- Noni demonstrated therapeutic effects, including antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antitumor, antihelmin, analgesic, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, and immune enhancing effects
Side Effects to Noni
Let me clear up some misconceptions about noni! There have been some reported cases of people drinking noni juice who later came down with hepatitis. A subsequent scientific investigation conducted by JW Brett , XS Chen and CJ Jensen CJ. concluded, "These findings corroborate previous conclusions that consumption of noni fruit juice is unlikely to induce adverse liver effects."
A study was also concluded on pregnant rats to see if ingesting noni juice would have any adverse affect on the embryos. Freeze-dried noni fruit puree from French Polynesia was administered daily to the rats from conception to one day prior to birth. The study concluded, "These findings do not indicate that toxicity from noni juice to developing embryos and fetuses is expected." In other words, the noni juice had no negative effective on the unborn rats!
Research on Noni Juice
There is a large volume of anecdotal evidence supporting the many noni fruit benefits for improving health and wellness. In addition to the personal experiences of many individuals there is a growing body of scientific evidence supporting the reports that this unique fruit has specific health benefits.
Although there is not any conclusive scientific evidence of the health benefits of noni there have been a number of promising research studies completed.
Many of the conclusions reached by researchers have been positive. These research scientists almost invariably comment in their reports that additional noni research studies need to be done. We concur with this conclusion. We welcome additional research on this Polynesian superfruit and on other functional foods as well.
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